Students and others involved in health care in Alaska asked lawmakers to agree to fund the program in the upcoming special session.
Both Gov. Dunleavy and legislators from every caucus have said they want to fund these programs. But legislators haven’t agreed on how to fund them.
Travel industry advocate says a shutdown would be “effectively cutting the cord of our microphone right now as we are saying to the world: ‘Go big, go Alaska.'”
Sixty-one percent of Alaska medical students who graduate from the WWAMI program return to Alaska. That’s higher than the national average of graduates who stay in state, but it’s lower than what Alaska leaders would like to see.